Fidel Castro's grandson has sparked fury after a video surfaced of him boasting about speeding in his luxury Mercedes in Cuba.
Sandro Castro, a nightclub owner, was seen in a video speeding along a deserted Cuban motorway as the country faces its worst economic crisis since the 1990s amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
While being filmed by a young female companion, Castro sarcastically tells her 'you know were are simple people, but occasionally we have to take out the little toys we keep at home,' The Times reported.
He then encourages her to record the car's speedometer, which shows the car is travelling close to 90 mph, bragging that the Mercedes 'eats up' the highway.
In Cuba, there is a 100 km/h speed limit (62 mph) on motorways due to poor road conditions.
Sandro Castro - who is said to be in his early twenties - faced criticism for posting the video from some traditional supporters of the revolution, who accused him of gross hypocrisy.
Sandro Castro, a nightclub owner, was seen in a video (pictured) speeding along a deserted Cuban motorway while being filmed by a young female companion
Sandro Castro reportedly has a reputation as being the most ostentatious of the former communist dictator's grandchildren. Pictured: Sandro Castro's unnamed female companion
The Facebook group Patria o Muerte — Fatherland or Death - called for an investigation into how Castro was making his money, and that he should be jailed if any illegal activity is discovered.
Sandro Castro reportedly has a reputation as being the most ostentatious of the former communist dictator's grandchildren.
While Fidel Castro did have some luxurious tastes, such as wearing a Rolex is his younger years and spending time on a private island off southern Cuba - he was also careful to convey an image of austerity and egalitarianism to his followers.
The Facebook group Patria o Muerte — Fatherland or Death - called for an investigation into how Sandro Castro (pictured) was making his money, and that he should be jailed if any illegal activity is discovered
While Fidel Castro did have some luxurious tastes, such as wearing a Rolex is his younger years and spending time on a private island off southern Cuba - he was also careful to convey an image of austerity and egalitarianism to his followers. Pictured: Fidel Castro in Havana in 2004
As a result, ostentatious displays of wealth were banned among his family members.
In 2020, Cuba faced its worst economic downturn since the early 1990s - subsidies from the collapsed Soviet Union disappeared - with GDP shrinking by 11 per cent.
The drop has been blamed on tourism becoming virtually non-existent due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has put a stop to most global travel.
As of March 1, Cuba has record 50,590 cases of the coronavirus, and 324 confirmed deaths related to the virus.
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Castro was known to be a womanizer who fathered as many as 10 children, telling an interviewer once that they formed a 'tribe.'
Throwback to May 2006: A political rally in Havana sees several members of Castro's family attend. Identified by their respective numbers, they are: #1: Alejandro Castro, son, computer expert; #2: Antonio Castro, son, orthopedist, Cuban baseball team doctor; #3: (no name available), grandson, son of Angel Castro; #4: Angel Castro, son; #5: Dalia Soto del Valle, wife and family administrator, teacher; #6: Mirta Castro, granddaughter, daughter of Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart; #7: Alexis Castro, son, mechanic, Mercedes-Benz specialist. The remaining people are friends and bodyguards
Castro married his first wife Mirta (Myrta) Diaz-Balart in 1948 after they met at college. They had one child together - a boy named Fidelito (or Little Fidel) in 1949. They later divorced in 1955 reportedly because of him cheating on her. Reports say she went on to marry 'one of his sworn political enemies', a man named Emilio Nuñez Blanco, and lived with him in Spain leaving their son in Cuba with Castro.
Castro pictured with his son Fidelito in Havana circa 1960
He is thought to have married second wife Dalia Soto del Valle in a secret wedding in 1980. She was his companion since 1961 and they had five boys together between 1962 and 1974. Del Valle was a teacher and the couple were not often seen in public together. She appeared on Cuban TV for the first time in 2001.
Fidel Castro's son Alejandro Castro Soto del Valle (L), and his mother, Dalia Soto del Valle (R), Castro's second wife, and another unidentified woman
Former Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) talks with his wife Dalia Soto del Valle, during a special session of the Cuban Parliament, on August 7, 2010 in Havana
Castro had a daughter, Alina Fernandez, with mistress Natalia Revuelta in 1956. Revuekta was an aristocrat who Castro met while married to his first wife. She donated money and aided Castro and his opposition movement. Alina left the Cuba in 1993 using false papers and now lives in the US.
Alina Fernandez Revuelta (L), daughter of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, and her daughter Alina-Maria Salgado-Fernandez (R) toast the New Year with champagne, after being reunited in the United States after Alina-Maria left Havana early December 31 1993 for Miami
In excerpts of The Double Life of Fidel Castro by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez in the New York Post it was reported that he cheated on both of his wives. 'He cheated on the first with the very beautiful Havanan Natalia Revuelta and on the second with 'comrade' Celia Sanchez, his private secretary, confidante and guard dog for 30 or so years,' said The Post.
Still grab from a video taken on January 8, 2014 of former Cuban president Fidel Castro (C) and his wife Dalia Soto (L) during the inauguration of the nonprofit cultural center Kcho Romerillo, Laboratory for Art in Havana